What Anesthesiologist Assistants Bring to the Team!

Interactive virtual discussion on Sat, August 14 at 8:00am


Executive Physician Leadership Program

Scholarship opportunity details in article below.
Program date is Sept. 9-12, 2021.







Latest happenings at the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists

Get involved, connect with colleagues and discover resources. These events were made just for you.

ISA knows that the current practice environment is a challenging one, full of difficult decisions and contentious issues.
We bring together anesthesiology experts from across the state to collectively develop solutions and
advance the future of our practice, so you can focus on patients.


Learn What Anesthesiologist Assistants Bring to the Team!

Join us for the discussion on Saturday, August 14 @ 8:00 am

Curious about anesthesiologist assistants? ISA is hosting an interactive discussion with leadership from the newly formed Illinois Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistant. Join the conversation and learn more about AAs education & training, skills, and role on the Anesthesia Care Team.

Certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) are highly trained master’s degree level non-physician anesthesia care providers. The CAA profession was established in the late 1960s by physician anesthesiologists. After studying the educational pathway for physician anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists, physician anesthesiologists created a new educational paradigm for a mid-level anesthesia practitioner emphasizing a science/pre-medical – rather than nursing – background in college. This person would perform the same job as nurse anesthetists but could seek admittance to medical school if appropriate. The founders recognized early the advantage of a strong pre-medical background in comparison to the nursing education background of the nurse anesthetist profession.

More information on Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants

Become a member of the Illinois Academy of AAs

Donate to the AA’s Legislative Fund


New Grant for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Announced by ISA’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Medical students, residents and fellows are invited to apply for one of two $1,500 research grants, to be provided annually to advance the development of new knowledge and policy that increases diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education/training.

Funding is intended for a project duration of up to one (1) year. Project funding may be used for any of the following: Focus groups or surveys; Data analysis (local or national) to better understand the problem; Small pilot projects; Literature searches for evidence and guidance to support holistic selection; Creating tools to provide guidance to residency programs; or other projects that will achieve the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the residency selection process and transition to residency

Applications for this year’s grants must be submitted by September 1, 2021. The recipients will be announced on October 1st. Submission instructions are detailed in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s Research Grant Application Information sheet.  To submit an application, click on link below.


Fall 2021 Grant Cycle Applications are Open Now through August 15, 2021

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is making three different research grants available to anesthesiology faculty members of any rank, to residents and fellows who have completed their core anesthesiology residency training within the past 10 years, and to anesthesiology trainees after CA-1 year. Learn about each grant and how to apply by clicking the links below.

Research in Education Grant: FAER.org/REG

Research Fellowship Grant: FAER.org/RFG

Mentored Research Training Grant: FAER.org/MRTG


Executive Physician Leadership Program 

September 9–12, 2021

James L. Allen Center at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Inspire. Influence. Achieve. ASA’s Executive Physician Leadership Program, designed in partnership with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois, provides aspiring to mid-level leaders with necessary leadership skills development in the areas of influence and motivation, change management, corporate finance and health care system strategy. Your successful completion of this four-day curriculum will advance your leadership and health care strategy skills while earning CME credits. More information on ASA’s Executive Physician Leadership Program is available here.

ISA Is Offering Scholarships

Now more than ever it is imperative for physician anesthesiologists to take on leadership roles in strategic health care planning and delivery!

To help our members, ISA is pleased to offer four scholarships (1/2 of the fee) to ASA’s Executive Physician Leadership Program scheduled for in-person on September 9-12, 2021.

Interested? Members are encouraged to submit their CV along with a brief statement explaining their reasons for participating in the Program.